Outside of the United Kingdom, many people refer to afternoon tea as ‘high tea.’ Although the idea that high tea is a meal of foods like scones and finger sandwiches is common, it is not actually correct in a traditional or historical sense.
What Is Afternoon Tea?
Afternoon tea, also known as ‘low tea,’ is what most people think of when they hear ‘high tea.’ It involves things like manners, lace, and dainty foods. It is typically served in the mid-afternoon and it was traditionally served on low tables, hence its two names. An afternoon tea menu is light and focuses on scones and finger sandwiches. Marmalade, lemon curds, and herbed butter may also be included. Favorite teas for afternoon tea include black teas like Earl Grey and Assam as well as herbal teas like chamomile and mint.
What is Gouter?
Gouter is a French equivalent of an afternoon tea. It more commonly consists of tea and sweet snacks and is enjoyed at around 4:30pm